Gloria Barron Wilderness Society Scholarship
Sponsor: The Wilderness Society | Application Deadline: March 31, 2017
The Gloria Barron Wilderness Society Scholarship is available to qualified graduate students. It is created in honor of Gloria Barron, dedicated educator and tireless advocate for wilderness protection, and administered by The Wilderness Society, a leading conservation organization based in Washington, D.C.
The scholarship amount varies from year to year. Historically, we’ve awarded $10,000 to graduate students to support their research and preparation of a paper on an aspect of wilderness. We strongly encourage proposals relating to climate change, as well as other topics regarding wilderness conservation. Additional funding will be provided to pay travel expenses for the recipient to work with staff members of The Wilderness Society on this project.
The Wilderness Society wishes to encourage the publication of this work in an academic journal or other appropriate medium and has additional funds to help cover expenses of publishing and publicizing the final paper.
The scholarship seeks to encourage individuals who have the potential to make a significant positive difference in the long term protection of wilderness in The United States. In the past, individuals like Aldo Leopold and Rachel Carson have made that kind of lasting difference. They possessed all the skills needed to excel in their respective professions, but they also possessed something more: the courage and the vision to think afresh about how and why to protect our wild lands and the ability to communicate those ideas effectively to others.
The research paper should address an aspect of the establishment, protection or management of wilderness. The applicant may choose to discuss a subject relevant to current programs of The Wilderness Society. It may apply to a particular landscape or it may address issues broadly. The following themes are suggested research topics:
Restoration of the health and function of wilderness
For example: what is "good" ecological restoration? what is the proper scale and at what point can a system be considered restored?
Reserve design in the context of ecosystem management
Research into the role of reserves in the conservation of ecosystem integrity and/or the effect of climate change scenarios on reserve design would fall under this heading.
Management impacts on wildland ecosystems
Question like how do roads affect ecosystem function and what roles should roadless areas play in protecting ecosystem integrity, what are the ecological and social impacts of grazing in wildland ecosystems, and what can be done to protect wildland ecosystems from biological invasion are examples.
Topics include how wildland protection contributes to rural economic health and the design of policies and programs to help rural communities leverage the economic value of protecting wildland ecosystems.
Connecting people to wildlands
The contributions of wilderness to public health and well-being, particularly for residents of metropolitan areas, are possible topics under this heading.
Impacts of climate change
Potential research questions include: what are the terrestrial and aquatic impacts of climate change on wilderness areas and wilderness resources; what is the relationship between wildland fire, carbon emissions/sequestration, and climate change; what are the economic effects of climate change on wildland ecosystem services such as water quality and quantity; and what are the implications of climate change for wilderness management?
Graduate students meeting the eligibility requirements noted below may apply directly to The
Wilderness Society. If you are an applicant, please make sure you meet all of the scholarship eligibility requirements and follow the application procedures below.
Applicants for the Gloria Barron Wilderness Society Scholarship must:
- Be enrolled in an accredited graduate institution in North America;
- Have strong academic qualifications;
- Have academic and/or career goals focused on making a significant positive difference in the long-term protection of wilderness in the United States. Graduate students in natural resources management, law or policy programs are strongly encouraged to apply.
All students applying for the Gloria Barron Wilderness Society Scholarship must submit the following materials for an application to be considered complete:
- A two-page double-spaced cover letter
The letter must offer insights into the personal motivations of the applicant as well as how wilderness has influenced your life. If, in the course of this essay, you could give us some understanding of your strengths and weaknesses, this would also be helpful.
- A 3-5 page double-spaced proposal
The proposal must include a description of the proposed work and a timeline for completion of a paper within 24 months. The 5-page proposal limit does not include your list of references/citations. See Research Topics for guidelines.
- A current résumé or curriculum vitae
- Two letters of recommendation
The letters must describe the applicant's ability to meet the objectives of the scholarship and proposed work. The letters can be included with the rest of the application materials
- Scanned undergraduate and graduate transcripts (official or unofficial)
Please submit any supporting documents to firstname.lastname@example.org and please reference applicant's name in the subject line.
The scholarship is paid in two installments, the first in August and the second in February. The recipient may be liable for income tax on the scholarship. Please consult with your tax advisor on the proper treatment of the award.
Additional funding will be provided to pay travel expenses for the recipient to work with staff members of The Wilderness Society on this project. The Society wishes to encourage the publication of this work in an academic journal or other appropriate medium and has additional funds to help cover expenses of publishing and publicizing the final paper.
Progress and final reports
The recipients are required to submit a paper describing the findings of their research project within 24 months of receiving the award. In order to receive the second payment, the recipient must send a letter summarizing the status of his/her project and the expected completion date in January or February.
Fellowship Payment Dates:
For more information, contact:
Barb Young, Regional Associate
No phone calls please.